Traditionally, most schools invite authors into schools throughout the year, but in particular in March on 5th March, to celebrate World Book Day.

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But here are other days when you can invite authors especially to highlight multi-cultural themes. If you would like to invite Chitra Soundar to school on one of these days, please click here to contact her.

21st February – International Mother Language Day – to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.


 

1st March – Zero Discrimination Day – Zero Discrimination Day is the opportunity to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full and productive life with dignity—no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.  Zero Discrimination Day is a moment to highlight how everyone can become informed and promote tolerance, compassion and peace.


 

23rd April – English Language Day – English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as the birthday of William Shakespeare. The purpose of the UN’s language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity …


21st May – World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development – The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.

Irene Bokova, Director General of UNESCO said, “It is our responsibility to develop education and intercultural skills in young people to sustain the diversity of our world and to learn to live together in the diversity of our languages, cultures and religions, to bring about change.”


30th July – International Day of Friendship – The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.


8th September – International Literacy Day – Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies.


21st September – International Day of Peace – Each year the International Day of Peace is observed devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.


2nd October – International Day of Non-Violence- The International Day of Non-Violence is markGandhi_spinninged on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

 


16th November – International Day for Tolerance – to advance human welfare, freedom and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue and cooperation among different cultures, civilizations and peoples.


20th November – Universal Children’s Day – to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

 

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